The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. To help aid their mission, bassist Joel Gottschalk has created a campaign to raise money towards their cause. He enlisted Nordstrand Electronics founder Carey Nordstrand to help with the drive, in which Carey went above and beyond in creating a one-off custom Acinonyx bass to auction off.
Lovingly nicknamed the “Cat Bass” in the workshop, The Acinonyx is an insanely cool, somewhat weird, and deceptively menacing instrument that has become one of the hottest pieces of gear on the market.
Inspired by the Goya Panther bass from the ‘60s and ‘70s, Carey Nordstrand’s magnificent short scale creation has taken the bass world by storm, and has quickly become one of the in-demand basses of the 2020’s.
This particular one-of-a-kind model was created by Carey himself for this auction and features a one-off custom finish in a gorgeous metallic iridescent orange (the color representing Leukemia), which isn’t available on any other instruments.
In addition to this being a single production bass guitar, the body has been signed by some of the most famous and prolific bass players in music.
The signatures included are from:
Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction, Alanis Morissette, Ozzy Osbourne, Elton John, Miley Cyrus, Joe Satriani, Cher, Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, Jo Satriani, Joe Cocker, Shakira, Slash, Adam Lambert, Celine Dion, Daughtry, and many others).
Bob Glaub (Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, Donna Summer, Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Nicks, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, John Fogerty, Leonard Cohen, Don Henley, Steve Miller Band, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Dusty Springfield, and many others).
Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Garbage, Nine Inch Nails, St. Vincent, Ima Robot, Paramore, The Bird and the Bee, M83, and many others)
Eva Gardner (Pink, Cher, Gwen Stefani, The Mars Volta, Moby, Tegan and Sara).
Jimmy Johnson (James Taylor, Allan Holdsworth, Elton John, Steve Gadd, Kenny Loggins, Sergio Mendes, Roger Waters, Madonna, Ray Charles, Rod Stewart, Al Jarreau, Aaron Neville, and many others).
James “Hutch” Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt, Neville Brothers, Etta James, Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Bob Seger, Roy Orbison, Elton John, Willie Nelson, Randy Newman, Ivan Neville, David Crosby, B.B. King, Linda Ronstadt, Joe Cocker, Ziggy Marley, Boz Scaggs, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lyle Lovett, Keb’ Mo’).
Jon Button (The Who, Shakira, Sheryl Crow, Roger Daltrey).
Sean Hurley (John Mayer, Vertical Horizon, Robin Thicke, Michael Bublé, Ringo Starr, Annie Lennox, Selena Gomez, Alicia Keys, idina Menzel, Stevie Nicks, Morrissey, and many others)
Jerry Watts Jr (Andy Summers (The Police), Herbie Hancock, Ginger Baker (Cream), Andy Timmons, Billy Idol, Dave Stewart, Dan Rosenboom, Dori Caymmi, Eddie Jobson, Gary Meek, Marcus Machado, Tony Williams, and many others)
Scott Reeder (Kyuss, Fireball Ministry, the Obsessed, Goatsnake)
Juan Alderete (The Mars Volta, Racer X, Marilyn Manson, Deltron 3030, Big Sir, Halo Orbit, Vato Negro)
Oskar Cartaya (Marc Anthony, Tito Puente, Sheila E, Spyro Gyra, Herb Alpert, Willie Colon, Jennifer Lopez, Encláve)
Carey Nordstrand Creator of Nordstrand Electronics